2017 BayMarin Ministry Plan
To bring the hope and healing of Jesus to the world.
To make disciples of Jesus in communities of service and love.
We find our source of life, love and identity in oneness with Jesus as we abide in him. We believe our hope for redemption and wholeness is found in Jesus. We immerse ourselves in prayer, Scripture and other spiritual practices in our longing to know the love of Christ in us, which overflows in a life of love to the world.
We believe God wired us for relationships. We are each unique, with different passions, gifts, callings, personalities, opinions and preferences; yet all those differences come together in the beautiful, messy organism we call the church. We believe we are called to live life together, share together, worship together, celebrate together, confess together, pray together, serve together and love each other deeply. The way of Jesus cannot be lived alone.
We are created in God’s image and God invites us to participate in bringing new creation here and now. We believe God’s Spirit is the animating, energizing force giving the church a prophetic imagination with the mind of Christ and we are called to create culture through innovative ideas and fresh thinking that bring beauty and healing to God’s creation.
We go inward in order to go outward demonstrating who Jesus is through acts of self-giving love as we declare God’s love for the world. Led by the Spirit, we serve God, others and creation, sharing the Story of Jesus, caring for the poor, marginalized and oppressed and being a voice for the voiceless. We are called to be a compelling force for good in the world as we join Jesus in the restoration of all things.
2017 Children’s Ministry Plan
We desire to be families who follow Jesus in bringing hope and healing to those we encounter each day. In the Children’s program we will provide formational opportunities for our children by being immersed in the biblical narrative, modeling how to pray, and teaching about God’s love. Children’s ministry will be a place where children will be able to deepen their faith in God and their relationship with Jesus.
- We will journey with children to experience God’s presence with them and in them.
- We regularly ask children to share their “highs” and “lows” for the week, allowing them to identify ways God was with them in good moments and hard moments.
- We will live into our value to Abide through thoughtful engagement with our curriculum
- We use a multi-sensory program called Road Trip. This curriculum interactively explores 50 Bible stories over the course of 6 years (grades K-5). The curriculum engages the fostering of worship experiences, community building, biblical knowledge and living it out all through an experiential learning style.
- Little Lambs (Birth- Pre-K) engages Hands On Bible Curriculum which focuses on a one point easy to remember theme while engaging all the senses so that children experience the opportunity to see, hear, touch, smell and even taste in their engagement with the Bible story.
- We will encourage families to spend time with their children looking at what was learned and explored on Sunday by encouraging parent volunteerism, by communicating with families via take home sheets and/or projects, and by sending a monthly newsletter.
- We will maintain a secure environment by accurately checking children in and out from each classroom to the correct guardian. We screen all volunteers.
Children have a greater rate of development both educationally and spiritually when they have a sense of security and worth. We will foster an environment in which all children know the love of Jesus. This will be an environment where all children can build friendships with one another and with the adults who are guiding them.
- We will have “open time” at the beginning and end of the service for building relationships and developing greater community.
- Families will be encouraged to connect with faith communities in their geographical area for further support and involvement.
- Volunteers will be trained on how to interact in age-appropriate ways with children.
- An open door policy will be maintained to invite families to take part in their child’s spiritual development.
- We will maintain communication between staff (ie; Middle School and High School) to coordinate activities between the groups.
- Children will be taught to collaborate and work as teams/partners through games and activities in both large and small groups.
- We will schedule activities for the children which will also allow parents to go out.
- We will continue “All In” on the first Sunday of the month to promote the involvement of our children in the broader community of BayMarin. On “All In” Sundays Little Lambs will still be open in the Student Center, grades K-12 attend the main service.
- We will have parent / volunteer connection meetings as needed.
- Volunteer opportunities in Children’s Ministry provide not only the opportunity for adults to serve our children, but to also form and deepen relationships with each other as they serve together.
Children create naturally and freely without inhibition. This ability will be highlighted and encouraged throughout all activities on Sunday morning and through service projects as well. The Sunday morning experience will integrate art, science, cooking, drama, games and technology in order to foster the creative development of all of the children.
- We will continue to create, adapt, and carry out rich lessons that fit well with the children in the BayMarin community.
- We create opportunities for Jesus-focused spiritual/worship practices during large group time.
- Children will develop deeper friendships as they learn Scripture, grow in their love for God and have fun together at Bible Bowl and Kid’s Praise on Wednesday evenings.
- The congregation will be invited to help create an inviting, beautiful environment in the Student Center-one in which children will look forward to coming to each week.
- We will continue to create a child-focused environment where kids can engage a unique worship opportunity by encouraging Circle Time with the Middle/High School students as leaders. This opportunity integrates sharing, prayer, and Scripture memorization.
- We will create a Summer Day Camp to allow for further spiritual enrichment while the children are out of school.
- We will partner with area churches to implement summer sports camp.
- Children’s art will be displayed to honor their work and to create a welcoming kid-friendly space for all who visit.
- A Children’s Ministry Policies and Procedures workbook should be read by all parents
Children are willing to give so much if we allow them to follow their hearts. By providing the right encouragement and guidance we will help our children to give to their community. They will be asked to recognize the needs around them, locally and globally, and to help make a difference in the world. They will demonstrate the beauty of God’s creation through their art, song, and projects that are created on Sunday morning.
- We will engage in service projects with Be2Live, The Gilead House, and other opportunities as they arise.
- Children will demonstrate their growing love for Jesus through their love and kindness.
- Each Sunday, children will be involved in multiple spiritual practices that will help them to have the courage to be light in their communities spreading the love of Jesus.
- Easter, fall and Christmas presentations/activities will be provided for the children to engage in and to promote their continued spiritual development while interacting with their families and the larger family of the church community.
- Children will be encouraged to engage in Christmas outreach opportunities such as caroling at Assisted Living Communities and contributing to Christmas giving opportunities.
- Day camp and Sports Camps, which were already mentioned, are also intended to be outreach opportunities for children who might not otherwise be part of a church community.
2017 Bay Marin Student Ministry Plan
To abide in Christ we have to know him. Our goal in this endeavor is aimed at studying who Christ is and the culture/traditions that birthed our faith. Studying Christ will naturally lead to the adoration and praise of him who freed us from the bondage of sin and the beautiful freedom we experience in Christ.
- Student Gatherings
- Sunday mornings we meet to study the Scriptures, looking at the character of God and the life he holds for us.
- Wednesday evenings we meet to have some fun and examine the intersection of our faith and our culture
- We provide a place to study scripture, spend time in prayer, and ask the difficult questions of life and faith.
- We host multiple discipleship weekends throughout the year to equip students for a life of following Christ engaging their faith.
- We have multiple retreats throughout the year to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with God. This includes our annual winter retreat to Hume Lake.
- These retreats provide an opportunity for students to rejuvenate their faith and foster a sense of community and belonging among the students
- Our chosen curriculum is and will be focused on providing a biblical and theological understanding of who God is and what he has done throughout time so students’ transition beyond our student ministry will have a solid theological framework with which to approach the world.
- We have a desire to get back to roots of Christian faith by examining the historical traditions from which Christianity was birthed.
- Our curriculum is carefully crafted allowing students to engage their faith relationally with God and with others. We incorporate various spiritual disciplines in our lessons to foster a rich faith that leads to healthy balance of not merely knowing Scripture, but applying its truth.
"Where do I belong?" is one of the most important questions students are asking today. It is important for us to provide a safe and welcoming place for students to feel loved and connected, just the way they are.
- Once a month we hold an event for students to bring their friends and just have fun while developing great relationships with other students and the adult leaders.
- First Sundays
- Every first Sunday of the month Students will join with the greater church in the worship service. While students need a place to worship and study Scripture that meets them where they are, we also recognize a need for the church body to worship together as one. This “All-In” gathering is intended to foster togetherness and unity in the church.
- Connect Parents, Students, and the Church
- Our goal is to have the student ministry not as the building across the bridge, but an essential part of the church body.
- The students spend the first 20 minutes with the kids from the Children’s Ministry each Sunday morning in a discipleship/mentor like role. Our aim in this is to produce in the students a sense of responsibility and provide an opportunity to stretch the students’ own faith and spiritual development.
- We host multiple events throughout the year (e.g. Thanksgiving dinner, ice skating, River Rafting, camping, selected lessons, etc.) where we invite adults and families in our community to join us in training up followers of Christ. It is important for other adults, in addition to parents, to have a voice no matter how small, in the lives of our students. We intentionally create space for this to occur.
- Faith Communities at Bay Marin are an opportunity for our community to dive deeper relationally with one another and share life and faith together. Our students are very much part of this important piece of Bay Marin, able to journey together with people of all generations.
Understanding the creativity present in the very nature of God inspires us to use the talents He has given us to glorify Him and bring others into His presence. We hope to accomplish this through the creativity present not only in the adult leaders, but in the students themselves.
- Creative Responses
- We encourage students to pursue projects aligning with their passions such as arts, drama, theater, worship, non-profit work, etc, whether that be in the church or the local community.
- Adult leaders are committed to attending student’s activities (sports, plays, musical shows, etc.)
- First Sundays
- Students will have an opportunity to share their creative musical talents and service opportunities on first Sundays, as the youth will be worshiping together with the church body.
Our goal is not for students to merely know Scripture and who God is, but even more so to apply the truth of Scripture.
- Connecting with local partners
- We serve with local partners throughout the year to fulfill the mission Christ has given us.
- A few local partners include
- Gilead House
- City Impact
- First Sundays
- Students will have opportunity to serve during the first Sunday of each month with the greater church community. Those opportunities include playing with the worship band, serving communion, reading Scripture, sharing testimonies, set up/tear down, and serving with the children’s ministry.
- Summer Missions
- During the summer months our High School students take an annual trip down to Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico to serve alongside our local partner Be2Live.
- Our Middle Schoolers have the opportunity to serve with our local partner Gilead House on service days. We also serve with the ministry City Impact based in San Francisco.
2017 Adult Spiritual Formation
In an effort to see all of life as spiritually forming us we have integrated all areas of adult spiritual formation including Faith Communities, Learning Communities, Outreach Initiatives, Hospitality and Congregational Care and Sunday Teaching.
- Prayer and Contemplative Spirituality
- In 2016 we moved to partaking of communion each Sunday. There are many reasons for this, one being to provide an additional reflective opportunity each week focusing on our relationship with Jesus and all he has done for us.
- We will offer opportunities for our community to learn more about spiritual practices and contemplative spirituality and its value for abiding in union with Jesus including an exploration of other ways to bring contemplative practices into the Sunday morning context.
- Empower volunteer leadership to lead and implement contemplative opportunities at BayMarin.
- Prayer Offerings
- Continue to provide the opportunity for our community to join us in prayer every Sunday morning.
- Continue to invite our folks to fill out prayer cards and have teams pray for those requests each week.
- Emphasize the beauty of following the church calendar through:
- Advent Opportunities and Christmas
- Focus on Epiphany
- Ash Wednesday Service
- Engaging the season of Lent
- This team exists to provide congregational care through prayer, regular check-ins with community members, and provide care support where needed – emotionally, spiritually and physically.
- Congregational Care will mainly happen in and through our Faith Communities as they provide care for one another.
- When Congregational Care requests are made for those who are not in a Faith Community, we work to engage the individual(s) in the opportunities that exist to join a Faith Community.
- Prayer for our community and beyond:
- Offer prayer and pastoral counseling on an on-going basis.
- Praying for the written and spoken requests received by BayMarin (per above).
- Praying during our Sunday morning gatherings and provide opportunities for those in our midst to be prayed for.
- Facilitate the opportunity for individuals to get connected into existing Faith Communities at BayMarin.
- We will highlight our Faith Community opportunities on a regular basis.
- Continue to facilitate and improve the on-boarding process for Faith Communities.
- Continue the existing follow up process to ensure there is a good fit for individuals in the group.
- Facilitate the birth of new Faith Communities at BayMarin.
- Identify and empower new leaders to facilitate new Faith Communities at BayMarin.
- Encourage targeted serving opportunities directly connected to our local and global partners for Faith Communities.
- Invest in the leadership development of Spiritual Formation Leaders through ongoing development opportunities.
- Spiritual Formation Leader Gatherings – Provide a quarterly opportunity for Spiritual Formation Leaders to gather together in community to encourage one another, pray for one another, engage in practices together and be invited into different training opportunities.
- Regular one-on-one meetings with Spiritual Formation Leaders to assess specific ministry needs and potential concerns.
- Provide the opportunity to belong through time bound learning opportunities.
- We will look to provide two learning communities in 2017.
- We will look to provide one to two day retreat opportunities in 2017.
- We will also provide community opportunities for women and for men. These may consist of study groups or meals together.
- Continue to enhance our hospitality efforts on Sunday mornings.
- Welcome Team – As our point of first contact for many on Sunday mornings, this team will continue to be a presence of hospitality in our midst through:
- Helping families connect their children to our Children’s Ministry.
- Helping individuals get acclimated to BayMarin by introducing them to others, helping them find a seat, and meeting their needs to the best of our ability.
- Visitor Follow-up
- Sending a note and follow up email to visitors
- Provide opportunities for visitors to get connected into the life of the BayMarin Community through Faith Communities, service opportunities, membership, learning communities and other opportunities.
- Providing coffee and refreshments each Sunday morning
- Maintaining excellence in physical set up of the auditorium and children’s and student’s classrooms.
- We are planning to have our 4th Annual Church Wide Retreat this year at Alliance Redwoods.
- As stated above we will look to also provide day retreat opportunities.
- We will continue to provide opportunities for artists and creatives (which should be understood to be all of us!) both within the BayMain community and for those who do not have a church home. These opportunities will take place at:
- Rhema – Our Sunday evening gathering providing the opportunity for anyone to come and experience community in a conversational style that is mutually beneficial to all.
- Second Saturday – Every second Saturday we will continue to provide the opportunity for artists to gather together to share their work and applaud and support each other.
- Storyline Writer’s Workshop – Ongoing workshops on the writing process in a communal setting with occasional public readings.
- We will also offer other arts related opportunities and educational opportunities around Spiritual Formation and the Arts.
- We will create different events throughout the year including:
- Summer Community Gatherings
- Fall Festival
- House Concerts
- Advent, Christmas and Lent opportunities
- Sunday Morning Teaching Series
- We believe Sunday morning provides our broadest context to explore the scriptures together as a community creating a springboard to take what is learned into everyday life. We are beginning a series on Philippians at the end of 2016 that will continue into 2017. We are also considering a series on the book of Ecclesiastes and excited for other texts and ideas we will explore together in 2017.
- Create Interfacing Opportunities with Children’s, Student’s, and Sunday Mornings for Spiritual Formation Consistency
- Collaborate with Children’s and Student Ministries to increase the integration of adult and family formation opportunities. We will continue to intentionally do this by having our children and youth in the main auditorium with the adults on the first Sunday of each month.
- Collaborative conversation will take place with our Creative Team around teaching series ideas and worship arts (see Worship Arts Ministry Plan for more details).
We long to live into our vision to bring the hope and healing of Jesus to the world through engaging in opportunities with our Partner Organizations. We will be focusing locally and globally to bring hope and healing to at risk women, children and families.
- Gilead House – A transitional home for single mothers in need started by BayMarin in 1999 which provides women and children a safe environment in which to live and provide mothers with skills and support.
- In 2017 we plan to continue to ramp up our partnership and investment in Gilead House through regular engagement with the moms and children through events such as Spring cleaning, making meals, pumpkin carving, meeting tangible needs of the families (i.e. bedding, clothing, etc.) as well as providing quarterly opportunities to share updates with our BayMarin Community.
- Creative Interfaces and Arts Events – See section on “Create”
- Glocal Partner – Strategic Focus – Bay Area / Mexico
- Be2Live – Glocal because Be2Live functions both locally and globally to bring the Kingdom here and now in our midst.
- Be2Live exists to cultivate thriving communities through service and leadership. They focus on connecting high school students with organizations in Mexico to help cultivate communities in the Bay Area as well as in Mexico.
- We will join Be2Live to empower local students in Marin to travel to Mexico to work alongside orphans and giving a voice to the voiceless as well as join Be2Live on the 2017 Family Mexico Trip.
- Global Partner – Strategic Focus - Mexico
- Plant With Purpose – Plant With Purpose exists to revitalize the environment, economy and spirituality among the global rural poor. We partner with Plant With Purpose to support the restoration efforts in the village of San Isidro Trementina in Oaxaca, Mexico. This is the poorest region in Mexico and we get to be a part of what God is doing in their midst by providing the needed assistance for the necessary development to take place to bring holistic revitalization to this village.
- In 2017 we will continue to provide needed resources for San Isidro Trementina as directed by Plant With Purpose as well as providing quarterly updates from the work being accomplished in Oaxaca.
- Provide regular service opportunities for the BayMarin Community
- We will offer service opportunities both within our community and with our strategic partners as well as with other local organizations and schools. One school we are currently focused on supporting is San Padro Elementary where a majority of the students are bused in from the canal and come from underprivileged contexts.
- International Mission Trips
- We will plan at least one BayMarin sponsored family trip and one BayMarin sponsored student trip through Be2Live to Mexico.
- Plant With Purpose is offering a trip in March 2017 to work alongside the folks in our sponsor village, San Isidro Trementina as well as other villages in Oaxaca. Those who go will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the new environmentally friendly, energy efficient stoves we helped provide for these villages.
- We will continue to respond to different global events in our world where immediate relief is needed. When a disaster strikes we will work to financially support relief efforts. A recent example of this was when we raised money to help our partner Plant With Purpose respond to the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
- A note about relief and development work: We intentionally partner with organizations that are mostly focused on development work. We do this to empower others to live into the fullness of who God created them to be and to support organizations that have the capacity to mobilize others to make this happen. That said, we also believe relief work is vital especially in times of crisis whether natural disasters or human-made crisis that require an immediate response. When a crisis hits and we sense God compelling us to engage that crisis in tangible ways, we will do so.
2017 Creative Arts Ministry Plan
God has us in a season at BayMarin that is a mix of transition and growth. Our worship team has lost some volunteers who have moved recently, yet we’ve been blessed to welcome some new team members as well. We believe God is inviting us into an opportunity to create a refreshed and powerful place of worship!
- We always hope to live in tune with God’s Kingdom following Jesus. We want to welcome people who feel called to share their talents, while balancing the needs of the team and the church community.
- We will deepen the versatility of the worship team this year through enhancing our leadership capabilities and being open to what the Spirit is doing in the moment; adapting to God’s movement.
- We recognize that our time of worship in song together on Sunday mornings is a primary opportunity for God’s people to experience abiding union with him.
- We will work to facilitate this opportunity through thoughtful preparation of the worship set each week.
- We will thoughtfully consider readings and contemplative opportunities that could be a part of the worship set each Sunday.
- The worship team is a community with a shared purpose. We recognize that when we serve together we grow together in our relationships with each other and with God.
- We will continue to have occasional potluck dinners so the team can spend time together building relationships with each other.
- We will spend devotional time together before rehearsals to deepen our spiritual life together.
- We plan to standardize the team schedule so that team members play with the same group of musicians more often. This familiarity deepens the musical bond, as well as the personal bond. This should then be reflected in the music created by the team.
- A big part of what we are called to do as a Worship Team is to be creative. We encourage team members to be creative in their own musicianship and also contributing songwriting as they feel led.
- We will pursue workshops for the band to stimulate creativity, enhance musicianship, vocal skills and songwriting.
- We will encourage a growing desire in some volunteers to focus on a new instrument with excellence and creativity.
- We will strive to broaden our song catalog to keep our worship time inviting and vibrant for everyone. We have a goal of adding at least one new song to our catalog each month.
- We have a goal of upgrading the monitor system this year. This will allow the musicians to feel more connected with the ability to be sensitive at all dynamic levels. It will also allow for greater control over the sound distribution in the auditorium
- We will strive to live as followers of Jesus and embody Christ’s message in our music and our lives. We have hopes of performing as a team outside of the church building walls but opportunities have not presented themselves.
- We will continue to pray toward and keep an eye out for opportunities to take our music out into the community. We trust that the Spirit will guide us into an opportunity.
- We will support our efforts as a church in being aware of our outreach opportunities and look for ways we as a team can engage these opportunities.